Taking care of the baby gives great excitement and pleasure, and requires a high level of attention and attention. Babies who are unprotected against many external factors can easily get sick and are also very sensitive to the effects that may come from food. For every new phenomenon that will enter the baby’s life, it is necessary to know the baby, be careful and give time. The same is true for babies who will switch to complementary foods after breast milk.
Prefer Breast Milk for the First 6 Months
There are two different ideas about the transition to complementary foods. The vast majority of doctors will suggest that the baby should be fed only with breast milk for the first 6 months, and it would be correct to switch to complementary foods at the end of 6 months. By 6 months, your baby’s digestive system is not ready to digest solid food. Except for vitamin D, she can get every food she needs from breast milk. Therefore, there is an approach that recommends waiting 6 months before giving the baby anything other than breast milk.
When additional food should be adopted?
Another approach and suggestion is that the baby should be given additional food from the 4th month. Advocates of this approach believe that the child, whose digestive system is not yet ready to digest solid food, will allow the digestive system to get used to solid food more quickly by switching to solid food. They also say that the baby’s digestive system and body structure can be strengthened this way. According to this idea, in this way, the transition to additional food becomes easier. The timing of the food you will give your baby will be determined by your approach and your doctor.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Health recommends only breast milk for the first 6 months. Already in the first 4 months, foods other than breast milk are not suitable for babies. However, there are some points that you should pay attention to when switching to complementary foods.
Although the parent and/or caregiver decides what food is served to the baby and when, it is the infant’s discretion whether to eat the food and how much. It would be wrong to force the baby to eat and it is a practice that can cause eating disorders in the future. At mealtimes, too, it’s important to help the baby feel comfortable and well.
The baby usually decides when to switch to solid food. Some babies want to switch to solid food as soon as possible, while others may want to enjoy breast milk a little more. Babies can also signal that they want to switch to solid food. For example, showing interest in your food, watching you eat, or even trying to reach for your meals may be signs that he wants to switch to solid food.
In addition to paying attention to these general lines and signs, it is very important to observe your baby well and to talk to your doctor. Without forcing the baby to do anything, waiting for him to be ready and trying to understand whether he is ready will help both your benefit and the healthy development of the baby.